The University of Maine baseball team hosts Albany this weekend in a key America East series. Maine enters play this weekend with a mark of 19-25 overall, 6-9 in America East play. Albany is 9-30 overall, 4-14 in America East action.
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario), who is hitting .322 with 25 runs scored and 20 RBI. He has 10 doubles and leads the team in stolen bases with 13. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) is hitting .322 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI. He has 10 doubles. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) has a .313 batting average with 20 runs scored and 16 RBI. He has 13 doubles and three triples on the season. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts) is hitting .307 with 24 runs scored and 19 RBI. He leads the team in doubles with 15. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) is batting .288 with 20 runs scored and 22 RBI. He leads the team with three home runs on the season. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) has a .287 batting average with 18 runs scored and nine RBI. Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) is batting .258 with eight runs scored. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Florida) is hitting .250 with 18 runs scored and 13 RBI, while Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island) has a .208 average with 16 runs scored and 11 RBI.
The pitching staff is led by Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) who is 6-4 on the season with a 3.31 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 84 on the season in a team-high 81.2 innings. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) is 3-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) is 3-5 with a 4.35 ERA. Logan Fullmer (Fullmer, Pennsylvania) is 3-1 with a 6.59 ERA. Scott Heath is chipping in with a mark of 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Massachusetts) is 1-5 with a team-high five saves on the season. He has a 2.70 ERA. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) is 0-2 with a 1.93 ERA. He has a pair of saves as well. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) also has a victory on the season.
MAINE COACHING STAFF IN 2014: Maine head coach Steve Trimper (Eastern Connecticut State University '92) is in his ninth season at the helm of the Black Bears. He has an overall record of 432-398-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 260-224-2 with the Black Bears. Trimper won his 400th game at Maine on Saturday, April 20, 2013 against Stony Brook. He is assisted by Jason Spaulding (Vermont '00), Nick Derba (Manhattan '07) and J.P. Pyne (St. Joseph's '01).
LAWRENCE AMONG NATIONAL STRIKEOUT LEADERS: Headed into play this weekend, Tommy Lawrence ranks 18th in the nation in strikeouts with 84.
CAPTAIN OF THE BLACK BEARS: The Black Bears have four captains this season. Troy Black, Alex Calbick, Colin Gay and Tommy Lawrence will all serve as captains this season.
FIELDING THE BALL: Maine has a pair of players in Sam Balzano and Nick Bernardo who have each had over 60 fielding chances without committing an error. Balzano has had 68 chances without making an error, while Bernardo has fielded 63 chances perfectly.
LAWRENCE APPROACHING SINGLE SEASON STRIKEOUT LEADERS: Senior pitcher Tommy Lawrence is approaching the single season strikeouts leaders. Lawrence currently has 84 strikeouts on the season, 24 shy of the school record, but just two shy of tying Bill Swift for seventh place on the single season list.
OH K: Tommy Lawrence struck out a career-high 14 batters in Maine's 1-0 win over NYIT on April 25. He fanned the 14 batters in a seven inning game. The Maine record for batters struck out in a game is 17 set in a nine inning game. Billy Swift accomplished the feat in 1984 and Jeff Plympton equaled it in 1986. Shaun Coughlin tied his career-high with nine strikeouts in the second game of the doubleheader with NYIT.
HITTING THE LONG BALL: After hitting just four home runs in their first 34 games, the Black Bears hit home runs in four straight games April 19 - 22. Nick Bernardo homered against Holy Cross, while Jonathan Salcedo, Troy Black and Alex Calbick all hit home runs at Binghamton. Maine has 10 home runs on the season, with Alex Calbick leading the way with three.
ONE RUN CONFERENCE GAMES: Eight of Maine's 15 America East conference games this season have been decided by one run. In addition, Maine has played 15 one-run games this season and is 9-6 in those contests.
SCOUTING THE ALBANY GREAT DANES: Albany is 9-30 on the season and 4-14 in America East play. The Great Danes are led by Brian Bullard, who is hitting .323 with 25 runs scored and 14 RBI. He has nine doubles and 13 stolen bases. Evan Harasta has a .315 average with 15 runs scored and 24 RBI. He has five doubles and a pair of home runs. DJ Hoagboon is chipping in with a .292 average with 22 runs scored and nine RBI. Craig Lepre is hitting .286 with 10 runs scored and 27 RBI. Josh Nethaway has a .266 average with 21 runs scored and 30 RBI. He has nine doubles and a team-high five home runs.
he pitching staff is led by Kevin Archbold who is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 48 on the season. Cameron Sorgie is 2-3 with the majority of his appearances coming in relief. Brendan Ryan, Sam Decelle, Ryan Stinar, Matt Gallup and Stephen Woods also have a win on the season.
he Great Danes are coached by Jon Mueller (Eckerd '92) who is in his 15th season. He is assisted by Drew Pearce (California '97), Jeff Kaier (Albany '09) and Brendan Rowland (Albany '10).
MAINE AND ALBANY: Maine and Albany have met 58 times with the Black Bears leading the all-time series 32-26. Maine won four of the six meetings last season.
200 HITS: Alex Calbick recently reached the 200 hit plateau. Calbick has 212 career hits. Classmates Troy Black and Colin Gay are just behind him. Black has 204 career hits, while Gay has 194 hits in his career.
200 GAMES PLAYED: Alex Calbick has played in 209 career games, making 207 starts in his career. Colin Gay has played in 202 career games.
LOOKING TO DEFEND: Maine won the 2013 America East Regular Season title. The Black Bears look to defend their title this season.
WHAT RETURNS: Maine returns 16 letterwinners from the 2013 season. Among the 19 letterwinners are six starters.
LAWRENCE SINGLE SEASON WINS LEADER AT MAINE: Tommy Lawrence set the school record last year for wins in a season with 11. He broke the previous record of 10 wins, set multiple time
MAINE PITCHERS FANNING BATTERS:
Name Career High K Date
Tommy Lawrence 14 4/25 vs. NYIT
Shaun Coughlin 9 4/25 vs. NYIT
Scott Heath 8 2/15 vs. Miami
Jeff Gelinas 7 4/7 vs. Hartford
Charlie Butler 3 (5 times) last 4/27 vs. NYIT
LAWRENCE BREAKS AMERICA EAST RECORD: Last season, pitcher Tommy Lawrence broke the America East record for wins in a season on May 4 with his 8-6 victory over Albany. Lawrence improved to a perfect 8-0 in league play. His eight wins broke the record of seven league victories set in 1994 by Delaware's Jeremy Benson.
FAMILY TIES: Nick Bernardos' father, Rick, played for the Black Bears from 1983-86 and was a first team All-American.
KEEPING IT LOCAL: Maine currently has six players from the state of Maine on its roster.
BLACK BEARS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Thirteen baseball players were honored as Maine Scholar-Athletes. Jeff Gelinas, Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes, Joe Kinee, Jake Osborne and Sam Stauble each earned a 3.0 or better in their first semester at the University of Maine. Alex Calbick, Burk FitzPatrick, Logan Fullmer, Brenden Geary and Jonathan Salcedo each earned a Bronze Medal. Nick Bernardo and Brian Doran earned Silver Medals, while Colin Gay earned a Gold Medal.
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WATCH THE BEARS: Maine fans who can not make it to Mahaney Diamond can watch a stream of home games at www.goblackbears.com(.)